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University of Alberta's Call for Entries for Destablilizing Dystopia Exhibition

Published December 5, 2014

The Art and Design Graduate Students’ Association (ADGSA) of the University of Alberta will be hosting the 4th annual interdisciplinary exhibition, Destabilizing Dystopia, from April 10-12, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Noun – an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

[quote]…scratch the surface a little, and – or so I think – you will see something more like a yin and yang patter; within each utopia, a concealed dystopia; within each dystopia, a hidden utopia, if only in the form of the world as it existed before the bad guys took over [/quote]

– Margaret Atwood, In Other Worlds, 85

The ADGSA welcomes submissions from current, recent, and prospective graduate students. We encourage submissions from practicing visual and performance artists as well as designers which interact with the notion of dystopia (both historical and contemporary). We are particularly interested in submissions which strive to destabilize perceptions of social dystopias, as well as those which introduce novel forms of representation or critical attention for the concerns in question.

Deadline for Submissions: December 31, 2014

Areas of interest may include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Transformation and Destruction
  • Technology and Trans-Humanism
  • Themes of Politics, Religion, and Economics
  • Artistic and Filmic Representations of Dystopia
  • Health, Wellness, and Ability/Disability
  • Inter-national and Trans-national Perceptions of Society
  • Historical Perspectives on Utopia and Dystopia
  • Critical Action, Artistic Practice, and Research Creation

Exhibition Submission Guidelines

Email the following to

  • Proposal/Artist Statement (maximum 300 words)
  • Curriculum vitae, including name, telephone number, and email address
  • A maximum of 5 images or up to 5 minutes of video
    • 72 dpi, 1024×768 pixels, maximum 1MB
    • Videos must be viewable with Quicktime or available online via direct link to website
    • The file name of each image must be as follows: LastName_Title_Medium_Dimensions_Year.JPEG
  • Include details regarding installation requirements

Please indicate if you would be interested in giving an artist talk or participating in a panel discussion during the symposium.

All shipping fees will be paid by the artist. Work should arrive framed or accompanied with the installation materials.